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For A More Civilized Age

What If Pride and Prejudice Was a Autobiographical Webseries? Introducing: The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

At the opening of her first video, this 24 year old grad student named Lizzie Bennet explains that “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” Or at least it is according to the pink t-shirts her mother gave her and her two sisters last year for Christmas. Yes, in true meta inversion, this is a world where Elizabeth Bennet of Jane Austen‘s Pride and Prejudice finds Bridget Jones’ Diary to be a dirty pleasure. Part one, of four and counting, is above. More below.

And it’s not just Ashley Clements, Rachel Kiley, Margaret Dunlap, Laura Spencer, Julia Cho, and Mary Kate Wiles and a whole host of people producing, writing and acting… the crux of the series is to present Lizzie as a reality, with a host of social media in her voice as well. The meta… I find it irresistible.

Oh, and if you’re wondering where Elizabeth Bennet’s other two canonical sisters are, head writer Bernie Su explains.

(via tipster Lexie.)


  • Jen Roberts

    I am incapable of liking this nearly as much as it deserves.

  • Rachel Banzhaf

    I wasn’t sure at first… but this is FANTASTIC! Need more videos!

  • Anonymous

    I love this and I’m going to add it to the list (which includes Community) of reasons why Thursdays are awesome.

  • Deird

    This is incredible! :)

  • Anonymous

    This is adorable!

  • Maxwell LaChance

    “What if he’s gay?  What if he’s a serial killer?  What if he’s a GAY serial killer?”

  • Laura Jane Ramsburg

    Thanks again for bringing this to my attention. It’s been a glorious year.